To My Girls

Emotionally distant sisters struggle to process the sudden death of their mother.

  • Matthew Kaukiainen
    Director
  • Jade Prechelt
    Key Cast
    "Sarah"
  • Bella Rose
    Key Cast
    "Lily"
  • Phoebe Green
    Director of Photography
  • Marie Gatt
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Gold Coast Film Festival 2022
    Gold Coast
    Australia
    April 29, 2022
    Finalist
Director Biography - Matthew Kaukiainen

Matthew Kaukiainen is a 23-year-old award-winning writer, director, and producer based in Sydney, Australia. He has a passion for character-driven, detail-oriented films.

This approach to his work has seen his work being showcased in multiple festivals across 3 separate continents.

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Director Statement

This is a story I've been longing to make for many years. One of the most unusual symptoms of grief is how it can just as easily tear loved ones apart as it can bring them together. This thin line grows even thinner when it comes from someone taking their own life. The confusion, guilt, and even anger felt by the people left behind can often fit together poorly, causing even more separation. I'm hoping, however, to showcase a story where a relationship can ultimately become stronger from this pain. Not by offering a solution, or by heroically overcoming the pain they're enduring, but simply by finding a sense of solitude with the person just as lost as you. I'm so thankful I got the opportunity to make this film, and couldn't be more excited to share it with you.